It is the soldier, not the reporter
who has given us the freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet
who has given us the freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the peace camp organiser,
who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, who serves beneath the flag,
whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protesters to burn the flag.
It is the soldier, not the politician,
who has given their blood, their body, their life.
It is these soldier's who have given us these freedoms
Sadly we have lost two serving Grenadiers from Manchester
during the Battalions current deployment in Afghanistan.
Neil (Tony) Downes was killed on Saturday 9th June 2007 aged 20yrs.
He joined the army in 2004 and had already completed one tour in Iraq
with the Grenadier Guards in 2006.
David ( Jaffa) Atherton was killed on Thursday 26th July 2007 aged 25yrs.
He joined the Grenadier Guards in 2002
and had completed operational tours in both Bosnia and Iraq.
The Branch Standard and members of the branch attended both funerals,
Our condolence's to both family's.